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  • Directory of Catholic Libraries and Archives
    • The directory is intended to identify libraries and archives at Catholic institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. The directory provides contact information for librarians and representatives at universities and colleges in North America.
    • This initiative intends to provide scholars with an update to the last comprehensive resource on Women Religious Archives, Women Religious History Sources: A Guide to Repositories in the United States, edited by Evangeline Thomas, CSJ, and published in 1983.

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  • Preserving the Past, Building for the Future: The working paper from the 2018 Boston College Archive Conference.
    • Envisioning the Future of Catholic Religious Archives” was sponsored by Boston College, July 11-13, 2018. It brought leaders of religious communities, archivists and historians together to identify solutions to the issues that communities are facing in preserving and providing access to their archival legacies. A post-conference working paper - Preserving the Past, Building for the Future - outlines the major areas of concern for Catholic religious leaders, scholars and archivists who are invested in the long term preservation and use of these valuable collections as well as suggestions on going forward together. The paper provides a framework for considering possible solutions to specific challenges faced by each religious community and encouraging cooperation and collaboration among all constituencies
    • This is a report by Ithaka S+R, a service of Ithaka, the not-for-profit organization that also manages JSTOR and Portico. The study was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and focuses upon today's historians, specifically their academic and research needs. The study suggests how historians might be best assisted by research support providers.
    • The authors of this article focus on a citation study of the use of archives by researchers of Catholic history. Citation data was gathered from three Catholic history journals and analyzed for two specific attributes: the types of materials cited and the type of repository. The article's findings draw conclusions on collection development and archival description.
    • Comments offered by Kyle Roberts, Director of the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, and faculty member at Loyola University Chicago on the Presidential Roundtable, “The Future of Catholic History: What Do Graduate Students Want to Know?” at the American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 10:30am in Denver.